The diversity of papers presented in this volume attest to the fact that impact cratering is very much a biological process. This volume is the tenth in a series of books resulting from the activities of the scientific programme, "Response of the Earth System to Impact Processes" (IMPACT), by the European Science Foundation. The papers were presented at an international meeting at King's College, Cambridge in 2003.
These papers investigate the effects of asteroid and comet impacts on a diversity of biological and evolutionary processes including the survival of organics and microbial ecosystems to the extinction of organisms.
1. The Potential for Survival of Organic Matter in Fluid Inclusions at Impact Sites,- 2. Geomicrobiology of Impact-Altered Rocks,- 3. Bacterial Spores Survive Simulated Meteorite Impact,- 4. Impact Generated Hydrothermal System,- 5. Comparison of Bosumtwi Impact Crater (Ghana) and Crater Lake Volcanic Caldera (Oregon, USA),- 6. Paleobiological Effects of the Late Cretaceous Wetumpka Marine Impact,- 7. The Sweet Aftermath: Environmental Changes and Biotic Restoration,- 8. Guembelitria irregularis Bloom at the K-T Boundary,- 9. Unravelling the Cretaceous-Paleogene (KT) Turnover, -10. Impact and Wildfires,- 11. Continental Vertebrate Extinctions,- 12. Geochemical Search for Impact Signatures,- 13. New Evidence for Impact from the Suvasvesi South Structure,- Kardla Impact,- 14. Sediments and Impact Rocks filling the Boltysh Impact Crater,- 15. Stones in the Sky: from the Main Belt to Earth-Crossing Orbits